Intel believes that it’s only a matter of time before its latest mobile processor, Centrino takes over from all other portable PC chips.
"When Centrino comes it will change the ground rules for mobility. So it will be interesting for me to see how quickly Centrino supersedes all other mobile solutions out there whether it be Mobile PIII or Mobile P4 or any other variations on the notebook type of computer," said Howard High, Intel’s strategic communication manager.
High dismissed competitors such as Via and Transmeta with their low-power Cyrix and Crusoe chips as "dead in the water", because they are "so far behind when it comes to performance". AMD’s Athlon isn’t seen as a rival either thanks to its poor battery life, so High sees nothing on the horizon to beat Centrino.
He did go on to say that the company will continue to produce its Mobile Pentium processors as there is demand for products like the Mobile Pentium 4 in the desktop replacement market.
While Intel’s money may be on Centrino as the top mobile platform right now, it was also touting future planning in this area on day two of its Developer Forum – a conference that brings together both developers and the newest technologies from Intel and other industry leaders.
It showed a prototype low temperature polysilicon display that consumes just 3W of power. This type of screen should hit the market around 2004 and is already being used in the Intel’s concept
Fuel cell batteries are also just around the corner, and it demoed a small form factor version from Intel Venture Capital supported by Poly Fuel, which should be on the market within the next three years.